By Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis man has been convicted of beating and raping a woman - 10 years after the crime.

A jury on Thursday found 41-year-old Marcus Hughes guilty of forcible rape and second-degree assault in the 2004 attack.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that the national DNA database connected Hughes to the crime in 2011, while he was jailed in Mississippi awaiting trial on a drug charge.

Assistant Circuit Attorney Anna Kratky says Hughes followed the woman from a bar and joined her in a cab that she took to her car. He told her he was out of money and she offered him a ride home. Kratky says he directed her to an alley.

Kratky said the frightened victim tried to put the car in reverse but Hughes threw it into park. He raped her on the muddy ground and beat her, at one point using her scarf to choke her and stop her screams.

“She’s literally begging for her life,” Kratky said. “All he’s saying is ‘shut up, shut up, shut up.’”

The woman played dead, then prayed, Kratky said. After Hughes left, she said, the victim ran half-naked down the street until someone offered a ride to a hospital.

Hughes testified that the sex was consensual. His attorney, Matt Shellenbergar, suggested the victim made up the story in shame over a consensual one-night stand.


Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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